Creating additional living space through a conservatory is one of the best things homeowners can consider in their efforts to improve their homes. Although originally conceived as a sun-room and greenhouse, it has evolved into a space which can be used for other purposes as well. Of late, conservatories have simply become wonderful additions to homes whether functioning in their original or more recent purposes.
What is a Conservatory?
Conservatories were first seen during the 16th century at a time when wealthy landowners of European countries having cold climate needed a place to cultivate tropical plants. Citrus fruits that came from the much warmer regions of the Mediterranean will have no chance without protection from the elements. A conservatory is basically a room made of glass roof and walls, typically attached to one side of the house. As per UK standards, a conservatory must consist of at least 50% glazed walls or 75% glazed roof either using glass or any other translucent material such as polycarbonate sheeting.
The golden age of conservatory building happened in the 19th century. This was the time when many of the magnificent Victorian-style public conservatories were built, more specifically in England. World War II temporarily halted conservatory construction. It resumed with simpler construction with the introduction of insulated glass, It maintained traces of the grand style but adjusted for more private use in homes.
How to Create Additional Living Space Through a Conservatory
There is no question that modern homes constantly require the addition of living space especially with growing family members or evolving needs. There are basically two options available in building a conservatory. Relatively simple conservatory structures have been made available by manufacturers using the DIY style. More elaborate construction will require hiring building contractors to put up.
Advantages of Building a Conservatory at Home
Additional Space Without Major Modifications in the Existing Home
Since conservatories are usually built attached to one side of the house, there is rarely a need to make major modifications to the existing home. There is also less disturbance inside the home since most work will be done outside. As compared to building additional rooms inside an existing house structure which does not actually add physical space, a conservatory does add more living space to be used.
Closer to the Outdoors without Actually Being Outside
The great benefits of having closer access to nature even in one’s home are widely known. However, not every one has the time and the physical inclination to be outdoors often because of work and health reasons. This is the reason why some residential conservatories also function as home offices. The view from the inside can be very spectacular and thus quite inspiring for work and relaxation.
Perfect for Indoor Gardening and Entertaining
True to its original purpose, a conservatory can be a beautiful showcase of plants that need a little more taking care of. The love of gardening need not be sacrificed during less than ideal climate and seasons. A conservatory also offers the most suitable backdrop for entertaining guests at home. Bringing guests to the conservatory is less invasive to family privacy while allowing an ideal garden view for all.
From the first time I laid my eyes on a beautiful photo of a home conservatory, I was hooked. It was always what I imagined having in my own home so I am hoping that circumstances will permit me to have one built in my lifetime. As a parent with growing children, I am not keen on big home improvement expenses nor extreme disturbance in daily living while having modifications done. Creating additional living space through a conservatory will just be perfect for me.